[access-uk] Re: Satnav app suggestions

  • From: Gary Robinson <gary.r30@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:12:27 +0100

On 09/07/2014 09:22, Saqib Hussain wrote:
Hi. Yes it's a great speaker. The speaker has 3 buttons and an power
button. When it powers on! It will tell you as it's audable. There are
3 buttons which can be used for music play back and you can use basic
functionality like skipping tracks. The middle button works as the
menu for BlindSquare and the button which is towards you is the one
which gives your current location. That's if you are wearing the band
on your left wrist.

On 08/07/2014, Kevin Cussick <the.big.white.shepherd@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hi,   thanks for this taken a punt as well hope it's a good speaker.

On 08/07/2014 12:45, Saqib wrote:
Hi Ibrahim. Here is the link to it.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bem-Wireless-Speaker-Wearable-Wrist/dp/B00KDGBT8S/ref=sr_1_5/277-4806707-1338960?ie=UTF8&qid=1404819692&sr=8-5&keywords=bem+speaker

BlindSquare have done a podcast on demonstrating this speaker. If you do a
search for BlindSquare on Youtube! Then you should be able to locate the
video.

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Ibrahim Gucukoglu
Sent: 08 July 2014 11:10
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Satnav app suggestions

Hi Saqib

Tell me about this wristband speaker you have, sounds like something I
could use. I said, for whatever reason BlindSquare just does not work for
me, I can't get used to the app. I'm definitely going to try though, it
sounds like it could be a very useful supplemental aid.

Sent from my iPhone

On 8 Jul 2014, at 10:45, carol.pearson29@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
<carol.pearson29@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Curious! What's this wristband speaker you have? Do you find it loud
enough in all situations?

Carol P


----- Original Message -----
From: Saqib Hussain <saqibh23@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Date: Tuesday, 8 July 2014 9.40 am
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Satnav app suggestions


Hi. I've tried both and BlSquare is the app for me. I've saved so
many locations which have helped me and I've found that I don't really
have to utilise a third party navigation app like Apple Maps or Google
Maps allot of the time. This app is every bit as good as the Trekker
and is allot sharper.  It's also helpful to get telephone numbers for
all the POIs as one can call and enquire about any of them. I like the
new feature where I can use BlSquare with my Bluetooth Speaker
wrist band. I can get my location by pressing one button and
BlSquare keeps me updated anyway. The wrist band speaker has meant
that I can keep my phone in my pocket and this is a good thing as it's
not exposed for opportunists. Just because we are VI doesn't mean we
won't get mugged.

On 08/07/2014, Steve Nutt <steve@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hi,

Whatever your opinion, it was a good commercial <Smile>.

Seems silly to me though that basic features are missing, like not
being
able to enter your own waypoints.

All the best

Steve

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-----Original Message-----
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Of
Ibrahim Gucukoglu
Sent: 08 July 2014 00.39
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Satnav app suggestions

Hi.

BlSquare with extras? An interesting way of putting it. I use the RNIB
Navigator app for three reasons. Firstly, if you purchase a three year
subscription it works out at about £30 a year, not at all unreasonable
given
the specialist nature of the app. Secondly, everything is under one
roof,
all the tools you need to navigate successfully, safely and reliably. I
have
spent some years using the free/multi App approach and although it has
its
benefits, I preferred the simplicity of it all in one. Finally, if we
are to
seriously encourage developers to consider GPS as a serious tool for
bl/partially sighted users, it is worth investing in the tools and
giving
developers the confidence to realise that there is a market for blind
users.
I'm confident that apps like RNIB Navigator will only get better with
time
however we need to ensure that we tell developers how much we appreciate
the
work that they do by buying the product so that they have encouragement
to
develop it fur
ther. I don't mean to sound sanctimonious, this is just my opinion.

Sent from my iPhone
0was On 7 Jul 2014, at 23.45, Richard King <rking689@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
0was
0was I like Google maps and this can also be run in conjunction with
blind
0was square or on its own. RNIBS Navigator app sounds good but I am not
0was prepared to pay £6.99 per month for a nap that is effectively
BlSquare
0was with extras
0was
0was
0was Sent from my iPhone
0was
On 7 Jul 2014, at 22.24, BJ Edwards <bjthequill@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I vote for "Bl square" you could also try "rnib navigator."

bj

Message composed on Granny Smith's typewriter.

On 7 Jul 2014, at 22.19, "Mark Threadgold"
<m.j.threadgold@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

Hi all.

I am looking for a GPS satnav app for my iPhone for a Geocaching
event
I am
taking part in. Although it's initially for this, I want one that
will
be
more broadly useable in the future for general travel.

The obvious app that  springs to mind is TomTom, but are there any
others
better suited to the totally blind and the iPhone with voiceover?

Cheers,

Mark Threadgold

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mind...


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Hi,

Does it work with other apps? Obviously the Blind square button probably won't do much, but can you use it with say the RNIB navigator if it is auto announcing route information etc.

Thanks

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